- March 5, 2018
- Posted by: Cemal Sert
- Category: Passport and Visa
The Turkish e-Visa replaced the ‘sticker visa’ in 2013. Visitors arriving to Turkey without visas may obtain their e-Visas via interactive kiosks placed in Turkish airports however; they will eventually phase these out. The Turkish online visa procedure is quick and actually saves you time since you no longer have to stand in line to get your ‘sticker visa’.
An e-Visa is a document that allows you to legally enter Turkey and applicants can obtain one from www.evisa.gov.tr. It is a simple form to fill and once you have entered your details online and made your payment, your e-visa will be sent to your registered email address. You will need to print your document to show to custom officials when entering Turkey.
Please note: an e-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is for tourism or commerce. For other purposes, such as work and study, visas are given by Turkish Embassies or Consulates.
Many people get confused as to how many times they can enter and leave Turkey on their e-visa. It is a question we often get asked here at The Foreign Citizens Advice Centre.
You may stay for a total of 90 days within any 180 days in Turkey. An easier way to calculate this rule is to count back 180 days from your departure date and if you have spent 90 days or less, then you are complying with the rules.
However; once you have used your 90 days, then you must wait for another 90 days before entering Turkey. For example, you may enter Turkey on 1st January on your new e-visa – stay for 90 days and then you must leave and wait for 90 days to pass before you re-enter the country . You may enter on 1st January and stay for 30 days and come back say in April and use your remaining 60 days.
Many people who have property here in Turkey and wish to spend the summer find it much easier to obtain Turkish residency which allows them to enter and leave the country as often as they wish.
Here at The Foreign Citizens Advice Centre our volunteers can advice you with any queries regarding your e-visa and Turkish residency.